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The link between obesity and pediatric asthma
For the first time, researchers have established an estimate for how many cases of pediatric asthma are attributable to obesity. In a study published this morning in Pediatrics, experts reviewed asthma incidence rates from more than half a million children, half of whom had healthy weight and half whom were overweight or obese. They found that about a quarter of new asthma cases in children with obesity are tied to obesity, and that 10 percent of all cases would be precluded if not for children being overweight or obese. Experts have already known that obesity is estimated to lead to 250,000 new cases of adult asthma each year.